ALICE EVE COHEN, writer and solo theatre artist

“Alice, your course changed my life. I would never have applied to NYU nor would I be engaging in the work of studying performance without your class."
—Jamara Wakefield, playwright and performance artist

“I am so lucky to have found you! It’s a real gift to deliver critique and insight in such an inspiring fashion.”
—Chelsea Altman, playwrighting student

“I want to thank you once again for a wonderful semester. You are truly an incredible teacher and mentor.”
—Elian Zach, actress, writer

"This class has been everything I hoped for and more. Thank you for all of your creative support and wisdom."
—Nicole O’Donnell, playwriting student

“Alice is a fantastic teacher. She is the right balance of honest critic and encouraging mentor. I took Alice's playwriting class twice. Now I will be premiering my first solo show at the Toronto Fringe Festival and I can honestly say, I couldn't have done it without her.”
—Sarah Magni, solo theater artist

“This fall, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Alice on her author residency [at University of Michigan Creative Writing Program]. Alice spent four days teaching and mentoring undergraduates in a variety of formats… I was impressed by Alice’s warmth and ability to engage students, her comprehensive and professional approach to the preparation and execution of her planned activities, and the unflagging enthusiasm she shared for the art and craft of writing. Her generosity and insights left a lasting impression on my students... I give Alice my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation for a guest author residency.”
—Laura Thomas, Program Head, Creative Writing, University of Michigan

“As a former student of Alice’s—I took her Solo Theatre course twice—I know that she is a remarkable teacher. She helped me to find my artistic voice, and her course had a major impact on my life and my career. (In her class) I started writing what would become my first theatrical work, Disposable Men, a solo work about the “monsterization” of black men in America. Alice made the space a really safe one for us to work in. We were able to take chances and know that if it was not successful we would not be ridiculed but we would also not be patronized... That Solo Theater Performance class was the first of many theatrical endeavors for me. Theater is what I do now... My show Disposable Men was a critical and box office success... I can say without a doubt that my entry into the theatrical community started in Alice’s Solo Theater Performance Class.”
—James Scruggs, playwright and performance artist

"The Writer in Residence program [led by Alice Eve Cohen] has been extremely successful! Students are -- unprompted -- making revision upon revision upon revision, and students who are usually reticent writers are turning in drafts of their work with an enthusiasm I haven't seen all year. It's been wonderful." - Saadia Khalid, faculty, Frank McCourt High School for Writing and Journalism

TEACHING: Workshops, Courses, Guest Artist Residencies, Private Consulting

Alice is available for one-on-one consultations on scripts, solo shows, and memoirs. Her playwriting and creative writing courses at The New School are open to all: degree and non-degree students. (See Event Calendar for course details)

"I give Alice my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation for a guest author residency.” —Laura Thomas, Program Head, Creative Writing, University of Michigan

“She is a remarkable teacher. She helped me to find my artistic voice, and her course had a major impact on my life and my career.”—James Scruggs, playwright, performance artist.

“I am so lucky to have found you! It’s a real gift to deliver critique and insight in such an inspiring fashion.” —Chelsea Altman, playwrighting student

“I want to thank you once again for a wonderful semester. You are truly an incredible teacher and mentor.” —Elian Zach, actress, writer

TEACHING EXPERIENCES:
Alice has taught undergraduates, grad students, teachers, children, teens,and adults, in a wide variety of settings.

Since 1999 she has taught at The New School where she is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program. She teaches undergraduate courses in playwriting and multi-genre creative writing, open to degree students and continuing ed students.

She has been a guest author at the University of Michigan, where she has taught and mentored writing students and theatre students. She has been on the faculty of Arizona State University's annual writing Conference - - Desert Nights, Rising Stars.

She teaches workshops in playwriting, memoir, fiction, solo theater and performance. She has been Writer in Residence at the Frank McCourt High School for Writing and Journalism in NYC, has taught workshops at spas and resorts, and has taught students and public school teachers as an artist-in-the-schools for Lincoln Center Institute and Poets and Writers.

Alice is also available for one-on-one consulting and mentoring on plays, memoirs, and fiction.



Selected Works: Memoir; Solo Theater; Reviews and Articles; Teaching

Memoir
“A wry, magical memoir about the transcendent power of mother-daughter love.” —Elle "The Year My Mother Came Back is a perfect book." Abigail Thomas, bestselling author of A Three Dog Life
“Everything we love in a book -- profound, honest, hilarious, humane, surprising." Anne Lamott, Salon BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR" "Her darkly hilarious memoir, What I Thought I Knew (Viking), is an unexpected bundle of joy.” Oprah Magazine
Solo Theatre
Jane Chambers Award 2015 Honorable Mention. “A sold-out hit at the All For One Theatre Festival...Cohen’s performance is a constant, joyous amazement.” —Director, AFO Theatre Festival “So vivid, so immediate, so complex, so full of compassion, so brutally honest… This is what theater can be. All in one body—speaking, moving, falling still—and an audience, echoing each change.”—Tompkins Weekly, Ithaca, NY.
One building. A city in upheaval. A solo play about twelve lives colliding. "Gripping" New York Times “A little show, but with such a big, embracing heart.”
–The Guardian, London
“Spellbinding…Our audiences were enraptured.”DTW, Family Matters “It was probably the funniest show I have ever seen!”—Daniel, age 7
TEACHING
“She is a remarkable teacher. She helped me to find my artistic voice, and her course had a major impact on my life and my career.” —James Scruggs, playwright, performance artist.
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